About ACL

About Agatha Christie Limited

Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Agatha Christie's works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stage and on digital platforms to ensure that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard. The company is managed by Christie’s great grandson James Prichard.

ACL’s recent television projects include the critically-acclaimed BBC One adaptations of And Then There Were None (Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Sam Neill) and The Witness for the Prosecution (Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall), both produced alongside Mammoth Screen with screenplays from Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, The Casual Vacancy). 

November 2017 saw the release of 20th Century Fox’s feature film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery Murder on the Orient Express. The film was directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, who also starred as Poirot. Branagh helmed an all-star cast that included Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Sergei Polunin and Lucy Boynton. A box office hit, Murder on the Orient Express has grossed over $300million worldwide to date and will be followed by a big screen adaptation of Death on the Nile.

Internationally, ACL works closely with leading screen production companies to deliver territory-specific adaptations. Notable productions include the popular French series Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie produced by Escazal, and Japanese adaptations of Murder on the Orient Express from Fuji TV (winner of the Tokyo Grand Prix drama award) and And Then There Were None from TV Asahi. Further projects are in development in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America.

Recent theatre collaborations include the critically-acclaimed Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall in London, working with Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions, and Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig, with productions at McCarter Theatre in Princeton and Hartford, Connecticut, USA. ACL also works closely with international theatre companies developing in-territory stage productions. 

About Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was an extraordinary woman with a remarkable mind. She wrote her first mystery novel when she was 26, and it was published four years later as The Mysterious Affair at Styles. There followed a prolific writing career spanning five decades, with over 80 novels and short story collections, including Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and the genre-defining And Then There Were None. She wrote over 19 plays, of which the most famous, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in the world.

With more than two billion books published, Agatha Christie is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her works have been widely adapted and produced across most media platforms around the world, including TV, film, radio, publishing, stage, games and digital. Easily translatable, her books have been published in over 100 languages, making her the most translated writer of all time.

For more information about Agatha Christie, her life, stories and characters please visit our consumer website www.agathachristie.com

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